VANCOUVER, B.C., (Sept. 5, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy were looking strong at today's running of the Molson Indy Vancouver until lap 60 of 74 in the rain-shortened race. Franchitti was second and Tracy third behind...
VANCOUVER, B.C., (Sept. 5, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy were looking strong at today's running of the Molson Indy Vancouver until lap 60 of 74 in the rain-shortened race. Franchitti was second and Tracy third behind Juan Montoya waiting for a re-start.
Franchitti tried to pass Montoya in Turn 3, but spun into a tire barrier on the attempt. Montoya continued unscathed and Tracy took over second place, while his teammate made his way back to pit lane. A full course yellow came out on the same lap when Mark Blundell crashed. Second to Montoya under yellow, Tracy also crashed on the same lap when a rear suspension arm broke. The arm was damaged earlier in the race when he spun and brushed a wall after he successfully passed Montoya to lead a single lap (lap 36).
Montoya went on to cruise to his third consecutive victory and seventh of the season. His margin of victory was 7.585 seconds over Patrick Carpentier, while Montoya's teammate Jimmy Vasser finished third. Franchitti was able to continue in the race and finished 10th.
Franchitti scored three points towards the championship. Montoya, however, collected the maximum 22 points - 20 for the victory, one for the pole and one for most laps led. At the end of the day, Montoya now has 23-point advantage over Franchitti (194 to 173) with four races left in the season.
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 4th / Finished 10th ; Currently 2nd in the PPG Cup standings with 171 points)
ON HIS ATTEMPTED PASS OF JUAN MONTOYA:
"Team KOOL Green worked really hard to get back into second place and then I made a mistake. I got half way alongside Juan [Montoya] when he started to turn in. Then I hit the brakes pretty hard and lost the back. It wasn't a clever move, I'll put it that way. I saw the gap and half went for it. It was a mistake on my part. It's pretty frustrating to come back from a bad start and then to throw it away like that. Who knows if we had something for Montoya if we got through there clean.
ON NOT SWITCHING FROM RAIN TIRES TO SLICKS:
"It was one of the discussion points. It seemed everybody started going to slicks and they were heading off into the weeds a little bit. When I was running second, I don't think it was really an option. Even if we went to slicks, there was one dry line and it would have been impossible to pass anybody. You can be as fast as you want, but you're not going pass anybody. I think rain tires was still the way to go at the end of the race to come through the field."
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (3rd with a lap-time of 1:00.913 seconds / 105.258 mph)
"It was a disappointing day for Team KOOL Green, not only me but for Dario. We could have finished 1-2 if we had just kept it off the fences. When I got around Juan [Montoya], I spun around and bumped the wall. I'm pretty sure that bent the toe-link and the car was getting increasingly worse with oversteer as the toe-link became more bent. Finally, I gave it another brush against the wall. That bent even it more. The car was really poor in handling and I was just trying to stay on the track. Over there in the last chicane, it broke. When I got out of the car and went to the back of the car the right rear toe-link was broken and snapped in half."
KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship - RACE
Team KOOL Green's Alex Gurney started sixth under rainy conditions, but he failed to finish today's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race. Gurney struggled with the spray and a fogging visor further reduced his visibility. He was running seventh late in the race when his engine failed.
William Langhorne splashed to his first career Atlantic victory, crossing the finish line 7.6549 seconds ahead of Kenny Wilden. Langhorne led the first 20 laps of the 33-lap, rain-shortened race. Andrew Bordin passed Lang horne on lap 21, but slid on lap 28, falling back to third where he finished. Langhorne led the rest of the way to the checkered flag.
Anthony Lazzaro, who finished sixth and now leads the championship over Wilden by a 32-point margin with two races left.
ALEXGURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (Started 6th / DNF - Classified 17th)
"I was a disappointing day of course. We're not sure why the KOOL car just stopped. It seemed like it was running out of fuel, but there was no way. It had plenty of fuel in it. It was a tough race. My visor fogged up. I thought that I had the right stuff on it, but I couldn't see anything at times. I had horrible visibility on the straightaways. It was just really, really bad and unsafe. I just tried to hang on and make it through. Every time I tried to make a pass, the visibility was never good enough to know where I was going."